Dairy recognised as valuable to sustainable diet
Dairy UK chief executive Dr Judith Bryans responds to the publication of the EAT-Lancet report ‘Food, Planet, Health’.
Commenting on the publication of the report, Judith Bryans said: “The EAT-Lancet report is a welcome contribution to the debate on sustainable diets. Creating a truly sustainable food system that protects the future of our planet whilst continuing to adequately nourish its population is one of the biggest challenges we face.
“The report rightly recognises dairy as a fundamental part of a healthy and sustainable diet, however the suggested intake level recommended is much lower than dietary guidelines worldwide. Dairy products are an incredibly valuable source of nutrients, containing calcium, iodine, B vitamins and protein and have an important role to play in fighting malnutrition.
“At a global level dairy plays a key role in delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, helping to fight hunger and poverty, providing livelihoods to millions of people and supporting female empowerment. Dairy farmers are stewards of much of the world’s land and both farmers and processors can play a key role in protecting biodiversity.
“In the UK we’ve made great strides in improving our environmental impact through the UK Dairy Roadmap, achieving a 24% reduction in the emissions associated with milk between 1990 and 2015. Our progress and innovation has proved an inspiration to dairy industries across the globe, who are seeking to replicate our success and improve their environmental impact.”